A culture of delation can only thrive in the dark. Secrecy, rumour, envy, fear, and an utoward and unchecked desire for ecclesiastical preferment, define, feed, and propel such a culture. What starts out as pastoral solicitude ends in recrimination, quick judgement, and exile--exile from the truth and from charity.
The current atmosphere at the Roman Synod on the Family is illustrative of the trust Pope Fracnis has in the leaderhsip and intelligience of his bishop-delegates. When the freedom that comes from honest dialogue flourishes, when the openness that comes from an assembly disposed to receive the Spirit operates in an atmosphere of trust, then delation cannot do its work.
Paul-Andre Durocher, a Canadian archbishop and Synod delegate, recommended the "establishment of a process that could eventually open to women access to the order of permanent diaconate, which, as tradition says, is directed non ad sacerdotium, sed ad ministerium [not to priesthood, but to ministry]
Tentative, provisional, unthreatening, continuous with the tradition, sensitive to papal requests to consider new minsitries for women, and bold in its substance and timing--such is the way Catholic leaders should speak to Catholic leaders.
Time to consign the culture of delation permanently to the history books.